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Avengers: Endgame Minimates Assemble in Stores!

Avengers Assemble! The Endgame is upon us, and everyone is on the edge of their seat! We may not know what’s going to happen, but one thing’s for sure, when we come out of the movie we’re going to want some cool collectibles of our favorite characters! Luckily, new Avengers Endgame Minimates have just assembled in Walgreens stores and comic shops nationwide!

Four two-packs are now available exclusively at Walgreens stores, each pairing two cast members from the sure-to-be-blockbuster film – Iron Man with Thanos, Black Widow with Hawkeye, Hulk with War Machine, and Quantum Suit Captain America with Quantum Suit Rocket. That last pack also includes alternate parts to turn Captain America into Thor, complete with Stormbreaker!

In comic shops now, a special exclusive Marvel Minimates box set brings four more figures – including alternate looks to create more characters – into the game! The set includes Tony Stark in his Quantum suit, with alternate heads for Hawkeye and Ant-Man; Black Widow with an alternate head for Nebula; Quantum Suit Hulk and Quantum Suit War Machine. Buy two sets to get all the bodies you need to make all the characters!

Each 2-inch block figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts.

Exclusive Ant-Man and The Wasp Action Figures Buzz Into the Disney Store!

The hilarious and action-packed movie Ant-Man and the Wasp delighted fans of the superhero genre, picking up where Captain America: Civil War left off and leading into the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. Now, Diamond Select Toys is ready to release a pair of Marvel Select action figures based on the film, and they’re exclusively at the Disney Store and on ShopDisney.com and shop.Marvel.com!

The Marvel Select Ant-Man and The Wasp action figures will be available in stores and online starting on March 11. They each measure 7 and 6.5 inches tall, respectively, and features 16 points of articulation as well as interchangeable hands and fists. The Wasp comes with articulated wings, and each figure comes with 2-inch mini-figures of the film’s characters!

Ant-Man comes with posed figurines of Janet Van Dyne’s Wasp, Hank Pym as Ant-Man and Hank Pym in his Quantum Realm suit. The Wasp comes with figurines of Scott Lang as Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne as The Wasp. Each mini-figure comes with a display base.

The Ultimate Guide to (Not) Watching the MCU Before Avengers: Infinity War

Over the past several weeks, so many friends have come to me and said, “So, which of the Marvel movies do I need to have seen before watching Avengers: Infinity War?” (which comes out April 24) My answer, invariably, has been “Uhm. . . all of them?”

I then realize most of my friends are nowhere near as obsessive as I am and haven’t been planning this for months. That’s completely fair. And, as was said quite well on Twitter by film writer Jason Bailey:

Well, the root word of “fan” is “fanatic,” right? So, forgive some of us our ridiculous indulgences. I’m the guy who, in preparation for The Last Jedi watched not only all of the Star Wars movies in chronological order, but also almost all of The Clone Wars and Rebels cartoon shows. I started before Thanksgiving.

But this is for everyone else, written with what you should watch, in what order, and what you need to know in Cliff’s Notes form to get ready.  Speaking of, here’s what you need to know, even if you don’t watch any of the movies: The Avengers, “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” are in shambles after a devastating difference of opinion split it into two factions led by Iron Man and Captain America. Meanwhile, an alien of phenomenal power named Thanos has been trying to collect six “Infinity Stones” to place into a gauntlet which would give him, basically, unlimited power. Each stone grants power over an element or concept: space, time, reality, power, mind, and soul. So far over the last decade and eighteen movies, five of the six have shown up.

So, first, figure out exactly how many movies you want to watch, and I’ll give you the right order to watch them in. I’ll start with the fewest movies, and end with two different ways to watch all of them.

NOTE: These are NOT judgments on the quality of the individual films. Indeed, the BEST film of the MCU (Captain America: The Winter Soldier — fight me) is only on the list of watching all or almost all of the films, while some of the lesser quality films (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World) are featured frequently only because they explain the background of the Infinity Stones.

If you only watch ONE movie

  1. Captain America: Civil War

Wha? But that movie has, like nothing to do with Thanos and the Infinity Stones? Right?

Yes, but the MCU’s saving grace is that it has always been more about characters and less about the other trappings. And in a movie like Infinity War that aims to balance the stories of two dozen protagonists, it’s best that we know where the majority of them ended up. And it’s worth knowing the personal stakes for everyone. It doesn’t hurt that this is one of the best films of the series (I rated it my #1 film of 2015)

So that’s all fine and good, but what else do I need to know?

Remember that Thanos is trying to collect all six of these stones, so we can assume that is central to the plot. At the end of the 18 films, here are the last known confirmed locations of the Infinity Stones (and their colors):
The Space Stone – Blue – “The Tesseract” was in Odin’s Treasure Room, but presumably Loki nicked it before Asgard was destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok
The Reality Stone – Red – “The Aether” was last seen being delivered to Taneleer Tevan aka The Collector at the end of Thor: The Dark World
The Power Stone – Purple – “The Orb” was put in the Nova Corps’ vault on Xandar at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy
The Mind Stone – Yellow – Previously housed in Loki’s Scepter, the Mind Stone is now firmly set in the middle of Vision’s forehead, as last seen in Captain America: Civil War
The Time Stone – Green – Housed in “The Eye of Agamato,” this is presumably either in Stephen Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenich Village, New York City or around his neck, as seen in the end of Doctor Strange 
The Soul Stone 
– Orange – ???

Other characters? There are lots of people who weren’t involved in the Avengers Civil War. Where are they?
The Hulk, Thor, and Loki – Asgard got blowed up in Thor: Ragnarok. Last we saw the surviving Asgardian refugees, they were escaping in a spaceship, and in an after credits scene were confronted by Thanos’s ship. Eep.
The Guardians of the Galaxy – Gamora and Nebula were raised by Thanos. It was an abusive relationship, and they now oppose him. Starlord aka Peter Quill was raised on Earth but his father was an ancient celestial being that tried to murder all of them. This, however, gave him power to (briefly) wield the Power Stone. Drax the Destroyer’s main goal is now to kill Thanos, who ordered the death of his wife and daughter.

 

If you only watch THREE movies

It’s not unreasonable to watch a trilogy of movies. For people with limited time and attention, here are three to watch and why:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – This film gives the best explanation of the Infinity Stones, shows us Thanos actively trying to collect them, and introduced the Guardians.
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – We see the power of the Mind Stone, and Thor explains more about them
  3. Captain America: Civil Warsee above

So what else do I need to know?
Three other Infinity Stones have shown up in various places: The Space Stone (in The Avengers and elsewhere), The Time Stone (in Doctor Strange), and The Reality Stone (in Thor: The Dark World). Also, Thor, Loki, and the Hulk were last seen in a spaceship that had just encountered Thanos’s ship. Eep. Also, in Guardians 2, Nebula and Gamora make up after bonding over the fact that Thanos would make them fight in mortal combat for his amusement and to make them better weapons.

 

If you only watch SIX movies

This is, in my opinion, the sweet spot. It gives you the locations of all of the Infinity Stones and sets up most of what’s going to happen next. Six movies may seem like a lot, but is it really any different than binge watching a favorite show? You may notice #6 is Black Panther rather than Thor: Ragnarok 

  1. The Avengers – The Space Stone, The Mind Stone, The Avengers first assemble, and a post credit teaser of Thanos
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy – The Power Stone, The Guardians. See above for more info
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – not the best movie, but the most about the Infinity Stones
  4. Captain America: Civil War – the best movie, but no Infinity Stones.
  5. Doctor Strange The Time Stone makes an appearance
  6. Black Panther – YES, go see Black Panther, again if you haven’t seen it yet. With a large portion of the action likely happening in Wakanda, you’d do yourself a big favor to check it out. Why see this instead of Thor: Ragnarok? For the same reason Cap: Civil War is on this list. Character over plot, and because Okoye, Shuri, and Wakanda’s fighting prowess isn’t in any other movie. We have several other movies with Thor and Hulk.

What are you missing? “The Aether” aka The Reality Stone was in Thor: The Dark World, and at the end of that movie, Odin decided it wasn’t smart to keep two Infinity Stones in the same place, so he gave it to Taneleer Tevan, The Collector, who you meet in Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s still holding on the Reality Stone as far as we know. Also, Hulk, Thor and Loki (and presumably the Space Stone) and what’s left of Asgard encounter Thanos at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. 

If you only watch ELEVEN movies

This is the most essentially complete you can get without watching all of the movies. This gives us the final locations of all of the Infinity Stones, all of our major characters, all appearances of Thanos, plus adds back in the best movie of the MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (fight me).

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. The Avengers
  3. Thor: The Dark World
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  7. Captain America: Civil War
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  9. Doctor Strange
  10. Thor: Ragnarok
  11. Black Panther

What am I missing? Iron Man, Spider-Man, Ant Man, Ed Norton as The Hulk. I recognize for a lot of people these are their favorite parts. If so, sprinkle in your favorite bits where they fit, as a commitment to watch 11 movies, welp, you may as well make it a baker’s dozen, amirite? But watching all of these you will know everything you (likely) need before watching Avengers: Infinity War.

If you watch ALL of the MCU

There’s two ways to do this: chronological order by release date, or chronological order by where the majority of the events of the film happen (majority, as in, not counting opening flashbacks like in Ant Man or Guardians of the Galaxy). I prefer release date, just because I think the way things play out is a little more even. Chronologically, you get both of your Guardians of the Galaxy movies and the first two Iron Man movies back to back. A little separation is not a bad thing.

Release date order:

  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – First appearance of “The Tesseract” aka The Space Stone
  5. Thor (2011)
  6. The Avengers (2012) – Second appearance of The Tesseract, First appearance of The Mind Stone in Loki’s scepter, First appearance of Thanos
  7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  8. Thor: The Dark World (2013) – First appearance of The Aether aka The Reality Stone, first appearance of Taneleer Tevan aka The Collector, who takes The Aether in an aftercredits scene and remarks “One down.”
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – First appearance of “The Orb” aka The Power Stone, explanation of the origin of The Infinity Stones by Taneleer Tevan, second appearance of Thanos
  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Second appearance of The Mind Stone in Loki’s scepter, which provided the powers for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, spawns Ultron and then ends up in Vision’s head, and Thor takes a bath and sees a vision about the Infinity Stones and the destruction of Asgard. Third appearance of Thanos, who, in an after credits scene, announces, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.”
  12. Ant Man (2015)
  13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  14. Doctor Strange (2016) – First appearance of The Eye of Agamato, which contains The Time Stone.
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 (2017)
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Third appearance of The Tesseract, which it is implied Loki steals before Asgard is destroyed. Fourth appearance of Thanos, or at least his ship, as it encounters the refugee Asgardian ship in the after credits scene.
  18. Black Panther (2018)

Chronological order:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger  – First appearance of “The Tesseract” aka The Space Stone
  2. Iron Man
  3. Iron Man 2 
  4. The Incredible Hulk
  5. Thor 
  6. The Avengers – Second appearance of The Tesseract, First appearance of The Mind Stone in Loki’s scepter, First appearance of Thanos
  7. Iron Man 3 
  8. Thor: The Dark World  – First appearance of The Aether aka The Reality Stone, first appearance of Taneleer Tevan aka The Collector, who takes The Aether in an aftercredits scene and remarks “One down.”
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy – First appearance of “The Orb” aka The Power Stone, explanation of the origin of The Infinity Stones by Taneleer Tevan, second appearance of Thanos
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron – Second appearance of The Mind Stone in Loki’s scepter, which provided the powers for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, spawns Ultron and then ends up in Vision’s head, and Thor takes a bath and sees a vision about the Infinity Stones and the destruction of Asgard. Third appearance of Thanos, who, in an after credits scene, announces, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.”
  13. Ant Man 
  14. Captain America: Civil War
  15. Doctor Strange – First appearance of The Eye of Agamato, which contains The Time Stone.
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  17. Thor: Ragnarok – Third appearance of The Tesseract, which it is implied Loki steals before Asgard is destroyed. Fourth appearance of Thanos, or at least his ship, as it encounters the refugee Asgardian ship in the after credits scene.
  18. Black Panther

Check Out the New Ant-Man Animated Disney XD Shorts

We’ll be getting a bunch of Ant-Man shorts courtesy of Disney XD. Check out three of them.

Despite Hank Pym’s warning, Ant-Man manages to spill soup on his suit, sending him into a size-changing frenzy while trying to defeat the nefarious Egghead!

Scott helps his daughter Cassie at her school science fair but he forgets one key ingredient. Not only does he have to fix her volcano, but fend off Yellowjacket too…as Ant-Man!

Ant-Man and The Wasp are in Hank Pym’s lab when they are attacked by an army of tiny alien invaders seeking Pym’s growth technology.

Diamond Assembles the Avengers to Comic Shops with PREVIEWS Exclusive Egg Attack Action Figures

Captain America, the Winter Soldier, and Ant-Man assemble at local comic shops as Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom offer more selections from their line of PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Egg Attack Action Figures.

You’ll find three miniature depictions of Marvel’s greatest heroes, each with highly movable joints and points of articulation to experience the thrills of fighting against Iron Man and his squad of heroes from Civil War. Captain America stands 6”, has two interchangeable faces, and is crafted based on the film’s suit with a magnetic metal shield that can attach to the forearms and back; Winter Soldier’s costume is expertly tailored with a variety of weapons including a metal pistol, grenade, machine gun, and three pairs of interchangeable hands; Ant-Man’s metallic color and textured come straight from the movie and stands at 1.375” tall with a running pose that can interact with other figures of the same series.

These three PREVIEWS Exclusive figures are featured in the February issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog.  Captain America will feature a suggested retail price of $100 while Winter Soldier and Ant-Man will be $80. All will be available in stores early April 2017.

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA PX AF (FEB173000)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR WINTER SOLDIER PX AF (FEB172998)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR ANT-MAN PX AF (FEB172999)

Fans can pre-order their own Beast Kingdom Egg Attack Action Figures at their local comic book specialty shop to ensure they get these marvelous figures.  To find a comic shop near you and order, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

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WizKids’ Dice Masters Classic Avengers Monthly OP Event

If you’re looking to add some classic Avengers to your Dice Masters you’re in luck as the next organized play event for WizKids‘ Dice Masters is Marvel Dice Masters: Classic Avengers. Organized play is exactly as it sounds and encourages stores to hold regular events where participants can win prizes and also receive items for just participating.

This OP kit features three cards, Iron Man: Pro Reg, Ant-Man: Classic Avenger, and Captain America: Classic Avenger. The first two cards are meant to be given out to those who perform the best in the events and the final cart is a participation card that everyone gets.

Ant-Man looks to be a new card using the Civil War set die, while Iron Man is also from that set with a card of the same name, and Captain America looks to be a new image for Civil War‘s Captain America: Freedom Fighter.

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Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: Three New Ghostbusters and One Big Ant-Man!

It’s a big week for comic shops, with two big releases from Diamond Select Toys hitting stores today! First up, the third series of Ghostbusters Select action figures arrives, with three more sections of the large rooftop diorama! Also, Ant-Man becomes the first-ever Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama based on a movie, checking in at a whopping 9 inches tall, with a tiny 1-inch Ant-Man on the base! Read on for more details, then reserve yours at your local comic shop!

Ghostbusters Movie Select 7” Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hugely popular Ghostbusters Select action figure series continues with three new figures, and three more pieces of the colossal rooftop diorama! Slimer, Janine and Quittin’ Time Ray make up Series 3, and each comes with bonus accessories in addition to their diorama piece: Janine includes a phone, alarm button and take-out containers; Slimer comes with two alternate faces and a support stand that can plug into the rooftop; and Quittin’ Time Ray includes goggles, a walkie-talkie, and a variety of interchangeable gloved and ungloved hands, as well as all-new sculpting and paint details to reflect his appearance at the end of a long shift. Each 7-inch scale action figure features up to 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging. Collecting all 15 figures in the series allows you to build the full rooftop temple scene from Ghostbusters! Series 1 and 2 available now! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #MAY162380, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

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Marvel Gallery Ant-Man Movie 9” PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Things are about to get weird! Ant-Man was last year’s breakout superhero, and this PVC figure of Ant-Man is the first movie-based figure in our new Marvel Gallery line! Cast in high-grade plastic with detailed paint applications, Ant-Man stands 9 inches tall, with his thumb on the shrinking trigger, and also crouches low in his shrunken form on the figure’s base. Figure is in scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #APR162613, SRP: $45.00)

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SDCC 2016: Exclusive Ant-Man and Giant Man Pin Mate Set

Celebrating one of the smallest and largest superheroes to have hit the big screen in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Entertainment Earth has announced the Ant-Man and Giant Man Pin Mate Set of 2 – Convention Exclusive from Bif Bang Pow!.

A collector must-have, this unique and rare Ant-Man and Giant Man wooden figure set has been individually numbered within its series (included on the packaging as well as the bottom of each figure). Ant-Man is number 3, and Giant Man is number 4. Breaking the traditional 2-inch Pin Mate™ size, Ant-Man measures a miniscule 1-inch tall, and Giant Man measures an impressive 6-inches tall.

Designed to highlight the movie-inspired costumes, each retro-style figure is wrapped in 360-degree, hand-painted artwork that includes some decal elements. Limited to only 1200 pieces, the personalized production of the hand-painted artwork gives each figure a one-of-a-kind authenticity that cannot be duplicated. Plus as an Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive, each limited edition set is individually numbered with a holographic sticker – making this already highly collectible set even more collectible! Ages 14 and up.

Available for the first time on July 20, 2016 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con, fans will have the first opportunity to grab these individually numbered and limited edition exclusives!

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Around the Tubes

DC-Universe-Rebirth-1-1-600x923The weekend is almost here and it’s a long one for a lot of us here at GP HQ! While you count down the hours like us, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – This may be the greatest Ant-Man cosplay you’ll ever see – This is awesome.

CBR – The Mission: “DC Universe: Rebirth” and the Apology Across Time & Space  – Always an amazing read.

Panels – On Steve Rogers #1, Antisemitism, and Publicity Stunts – Well worht a read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Afterlife With Archie #9

The Beat – DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Nothing But Comics – Ghostbusters International #5

CBR – Ms. Marvel #7

Fashion Spotlight: Keyboard Burger Cat, A New Mask, You Look Like Ants From Up Here

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Keyboard Burger Cat, A New Mask, and You Look Like Ants From Up Here, by Obvian, MoisEscudero, and AtomicRocket, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Keyboard Burger Cat

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A New Mask

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You Look Like Ants From Up Here

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